Hindu Mantras
The Gayatri Mantra, Om Namah Shivaya, Maha Mrityunjaya, Ganesh Mantra, Lakshmi Mantra, Durga Mantra, Hanuman Mantra, Moola Mantra, Om Mantra, Aakhan Jor and So Ham.

Hindu Mantras

There are many Hindu mantras, these are some well known ones.

The Gayatri Mantra

Aum bhur bhuvah svah
tat-savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah pracodayat

One of the best known of all mantras, the Gayatri is said to have the power to purify, illuminate, and heal.

Simple Translations
"O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us."


"O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge."

Literal Translation
tat - that (God), savitur - of the sun, varenyam - the best, bhargo (bhargas) - light, devasya illumination - divine, dhimahi - let us meditate (verb), dhiyo (dhiyah) - thought(s), yo (yah) - which, nah - of us/our, pracodayat - May it push/inspire (a verb)

Shiva Mantras

Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya

Shiva in this context is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to the consciousness that dwells in all of us. Shiva is the name of your true identity, your true self.

Simple Translations
“I honor the divinity within myself” or “I honor that which I am capable of becoming.”

Literal Translation
"Adoration (namas) to Shiva".

Shiva Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ
iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt.

This great mantra dedicated to Shiva as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda.

Simple Translation
We Meditate on the three-eyed reality which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance. May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality.

Ganesh Mantra
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Simple Translation
"Om Salutations and Prostrations to Lord Ganesha."
This mantra is for the removal of obstacles, for success and for wisdom.

Lakshmi Beej Mantra
Om Hreem Sri Lakshmi Bhyo Namaha

The Goddess Laxmi is an embodiment of wealth and prosperity, and is considered the source of material wealth.

Simple Translation
“Goddess Laxmi reside in me and bestow thy abundance on all aspects of my existence”

Durga Mantra
Om Dum Durgayei Namaha

The Goddess Durga is said to have the combined powers of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali. This mantra can be used for protection.

Simple Translation
“Om and Salutations to that feminine energy which protects from all manner of negative influences."

Hanuman mantra
Om Shri Hanumate namaha

Reverence to Hanuman, invokes unbounded love, gives strength, success in devotional activities, and reveals the power of the soul that can triumph over adversities for attaining highest realizations.

Simple Translation
“Om and Salutations to Lord Hanuman."

Moola Mantra
Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma
Purashothama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha

The Moolamantra calls on the Divine and brings grace into your life, regardless of faith, beliefs, culture, or tradition. You can also chant the Moolamantra with a specific prayer in your heart if you wish.

Translation Om - We are calling on the highest energy, of all there is
Sat - The formless
Chit - Consciousness of the universe
Ananda- Pure love, bliss and joy
Para brahma - The supreme creator
Purushothama - Who has incarnated in human form to help guide mankind
Paramatma - Who comes to me in my heart, and becomes my inner voice whenever I ask
Sri Bhagavati - The divine mother, the power aspect of creation
Same tha - Together within
Sri Bhagavate - The Father of creation which is unchangeable and permanent
Namaha - I thank you and acknowledge this presence in my life. I ask for your guidance at all times.

Sarasvati Mantra
Om Shreem Hreem Sarasvati Namaha

Om: Divine Reality
Shreem: for material prosperity
Hreem: for becoming a leader and fulfilling desires for power
Sarasvati: Sarasvati Mata
Namaha: we bow/ show reverence.

Aakhan Jor
Aakhan jor chupai neh jor
jor n ma(n)gan dhaen n jor
jor n jeevan maran neh jor
jor n raaj maal man sor
jor n surathee giaan veechaar
jor n jugathee shhuttai sa(n)saar
jis hathh jor kar vaekhai soe
naanak outham neech n koe
(Hara hara Wahe guru, Hara hara Wahe guru...)

A beautiful Sikh Mantra.

Simple Translation
“No power to speak, no power to keep silent.
No power to beg, no power to give.
No power to live, no power to die.
No power to rule, with wealth and occult mental powers.
No power to gain intuitive understanding, spiritual wisdom and meditation.
No power to find the way to escape from the world.
He alone has the Power in His Hands. He watches over all.
O Nanak, no one is high or low.."

So Ham

Often pronounced So Hum, this mantra is said to be a universal mantra, as it is meant to be used in conjunction with the breath. If you can breathe, you can use this mantra.

Inhale with "So", and exhale with "Ham".

"I am That" or when repeated, it becomes "I am that I am".

OM (Aum)

Used in Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions, Om is the primordial sound, the sound of God. As you say the sound, feel it vibrate through every cell in your body.

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